[There is rockets.] vs [There are rockets.]
April 29, 2008 8:34 PM Subscribe
GrammarFilter: True/False -- The following sentence can
be grammatically correct. There's rockets
posted by Quarter Pincher to Writing & Language (53 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
A friendly argument ensued after repeatedly remarking, "There's rockets," whilst playing Halo 3, referring to the rocket launcher containing rockets lying on the ground for someone to retrieve if desired. The context of the statement referred to an implied singular container of multiple rockets, as opposed to multiple bundles or specifically multiple rockets.
I, the English degree holder, am being kindheartedly informed second hand, through a bluff-caller whose father is a former English teacher, that a sentence may not possess verb disagreement for an implied singular object and may agree only with the actual available object by which to modify. It is my assertion that the verb modifies to that which specifically the speaker is referring, not according to which the hearer presumes the verb to modify.
The imperitive statement, "Go to the store," contains an implied, "(You shall) go to the store."
Likewise, "There is rockets," contains an implied, "There is (a rocket launcher containing) rockets."
As a side note, I also suggested that There refers specifically (as I, the speaker, intended it to be) to a singular location containing said rockets. It might be restated to report that, "That location contains rockets," whereas the verb still does not agree with rockets, as rockets is not the intended object.